5 DIY Home Move Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Transferring to a new home is one of the most exciting things you can do.  But, before you get there, there are obstacles to get over, such as packing and moving. 

With so much organizing, heavy lifting, and sifting through things to take one, it’s understandable why DIY home moves can be so challenging. With this, there may be some questions in your mind right now on how it can be made easier, or you want additional info that could make packing and moving more efficient.

1. Don’t Assume That It’s An Easy Task

The worst thing you can do if you plan to DIY your move is to assume that it’s an easy task. This is because this mindset can easily lead to procrastination and mistakes caused by rushing. For example, you might end up making mistakes or even forgetting some important parts of the moving process. 

Try this instead:

Instead of assuming that it’s easy to move, start as soon as you can by planning and making a schedule. In this schedule, you can plan what you want to achieve for each day or week, so that you can manage your time better. 

2. Don’t Forget To Make A List

There’s going to be a lot of items to keep track of, as well as tasks that you have to do before the day of the move. It’s easy to forget about what to do next, or forget about all the belongings that you have. Because of this, you might lose some items in the middle of the move and not even notice it. 

Try this instead:

To make sure that you finish everything that you need to do within a limited time, you could create your own moving out checklist. You can create one for each room. This way, you’ll know exactly which items belong to which room, which will help you to easily keep inventory. Moreover, a to-do list for each day can help you divide the tasks easily to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

3. Don’t Mix Everything Up

Mixing your items in boxes can be problematic later on because it’s going to be difficult to unpack and organize. Furthermore, it’ll also make it hard to track items as you pack and move them to your new place. 

Try this instead:

Separating items in boxes matters, but to do this, it’s important to buy a lot of boxes. One of the issues that you might run into is not having enough boxes to separate the items, such as clothing, linens, and kitchenware. Also, don’t forget to use sufficient padding to protect fragile and easily breakable items. 

4. Don’t Overspend

Just because you need to have enough boxes and supplies to pack, this doesn’t mean that you have to overspend. But, moving out can get really expensive, with all the boxes and supplies you need to buy. And, if you’re doing the move yourself because you want to save money, the last thing you want to happen is for your expenses to skyrocket.

Try this instead:

Instead of overspending, you could look for boxes that people don’t need anymore. Ask them if they’re willing to give them away or if they’re okay with selling them to you at a lower price. Furthermore, instead of using bubble wrap, you could use newspaper, blankets, and clothes to cushion breakable pieces. 

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help When Needed

If you ask people who move a lot, they can tell you about how stressful and difficult it is. The planning, expenses, organizing, and carrying heavy items can all make it seem like a momentous task.

For people who are busy and don’t have a lot of time to do such tasks, it’d be best to ask for help to make packing and unpacking easier. 

Try this instead:

Asking for help seems like the obvious answer, but it isn’t as simple as it seems. If you want to ask friends and family to help you with moving, it’s better if you ask in advance. This way, they can check their respective schedules and see when they’re available. But, if not, you could also hire the services of a moving company to help you pack and move. 


As mentioned, DIY moving can be stressful because you’re going to have to handle most of the packing and heavy lifting yourself. To make things more manageable, make sure that you plan and schedule well.

Working in an organized way will take time and focus to avoid rushing and being careless. And, always remember that you can ask for help, but make sure to ask for help earlier in consideration of other people’s schedules. 

Home Base Project Team
Home Base Project Team
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